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TasTAFE is experiencing increased growth in the number of Construction apprentices in training, reflecting Tasmania’s present strong economic status.

Today I had the pleasure of visiting the TasTAFE Construction and Allied Trades Expo at its Clarence Campus. This event provides an opportunity for employers and potential employers of apprentices in the Construction and Allied Trades sector to visit the training facilities, to view apprentice training in action.

TasTAFE is preparing the next generation of construction and allied trades workers to take advantage of the current solid growth in the industry. In 2016, about 1350 Construction industry apprentices were enrolled. By May 2017 almost 1400 Construction apprentices were enrolled state-wide.

The overall number of apprentices and trainees in training at TasTAFE has grown by 5.6 per cent over the past year, reflecting an increasing demand for vocationally trained Tasmanians. These positive figures reflect TasTAFE’s ability to deliver training that is relevant to the needs of industry.

In the Allied Trades area which covers glazing, flooring, plastering, tiling bricklaying and painting, the number of TasTAFE apprentices has grown by 18 per cent in the past five months from 356 in December 2016 to 429 in May 2017.

TasTAFE’s Construction and Allied Trades area provides training across the areas of carpentry and joinery, concreting, painting, plastering, glazing, flooring, bricklaying and tiling.

Training an apprentice is a partnership between employers and TasTAFE. It supports what apprentices are learning on the job and provides them with an opportunity to practise their skills in a more in-depth way.

The teachers come from industry backgrounds and work closely with employers and industry to ensure training is up to date and relevant.

Tasmania’s building and construction industry is critical to our economy, employing more than 20,000 people across the State, and it is pleasing to see this continued increase in demand.